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Comet wine

Term for qualitatively special wines in connection with celestial phenomena. There have always been outstanding vintages that were connected with the appearance of a great comet. In ancient times, widespread superstition assumed the appearance of these celestial bodies to be the cause and these wines were called "comet wines". The best known example is probably the 1811er often mentioned in Germany. In this year, a comet discovered by Honoré Flaugergues (1755-1830) appeared, one of the three largest to date, with a tail length well over 100 million kilometres. Above it there is a picture where the comet can be seen above the castle Ratz near the community of St. Goar. A second example is the 1858 vintage in which the comet named after its discoverer Giovanni Donati appeared.

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